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Parking Tickets

Parking tickets may be paid within 7 business days in order to take advantage of the early payment fee.

Starting on February 1, 2011 Hamilton Municipal Parking Authority will be issuing easy-to-read tickets on bright yellow, weather resistant material, which will reduce human error associated with illegible handwriting and data entry errors. These tickets are generated using handheld computerized issuance equipment as is already done in many other municipalities. Please note that Hamilton Police Service and the Hamilton Region Conservation Authority will continue to use the previous style of handwritten tickets.

Payment Methods
- Parking tickets can be paid as follows:

  • Internet / Online Payment - You may proceed and Pay Your Ticket Online now.
  • Mail - By mailing a cheque to the address noted on the parking ticket.  Please make cheque payable to the City of Hamilton.
  • In Person - Payments can be made in person Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the following locations:
    • Hamilton Municipal Parking System, 80 Main Street West
    • Citizen Service Centre, City Hall, 71 Main Street West
    • Your Local Municipal Service Center

We accept cash, cheques, money orders and debit cards. Visa and MasterCard are accepted only at 80 Main St. W.

  • Drop Off Boxes - For your convenience, drop off boxes are available outside all the locations mentioned above during or after business hours (cheque or money order only). Your cheque or money order is to be made payable to the City of Hamilton.

DO NOT SEND CASH THROUGH THE MAIL OR IN THE DROP OFF BOXES

If payment is made for the set fine within 15 days of the date of the alleged parking infraction, you may choose to pay in person as mentioned above.

To discuss and have a review of your parking ticket if you believe it was issued in error, you can visit our First Attendance Facility at 80 Main Street West. You or your authorized agent must bring the parking infraction notice or the Notice of Impending Conviction with you. Enforcement Adjudicators are available for parking ticket reviews Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Following your review, you can choose to set a trial to challenge the officer’s evidence. You or your agent must sign a Notice of Intention to Appear in Court. The Enforcement Adjudicator will provide this form to you for your completion and signature. The Enforcement Adjudicator will process your trial request and you will be notified in mail of the date and time of your Trial Hearing.

If you do not pay the early payment or set fine or request a trial, a conviction will be entered against you without further notice. On conviction, you will be required to pay the set fine plus a conviction fee of $16.00.

If you choose not to pay your parking ticket after conviction, a Notice of Fine and Due Date is automatically created and mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle advising of the increased fine amount and the due date for payment. If you choose not to pay your convicted parking ticket before the due date given on the Notice of Fine and Due Date, your ticket will be forwarded to the Ministry of Transportation for plate denial. The Ministry adds an additional amount of $20.00 to the fine amount. This full balance must be paid before a sticker will be issued and/or renewed for the motorist.

COMMON PARKING VIOLATIONS

The City of Hamilton enforces over 80 different parking violations. The following are the most common violations enforced by our Parking Control Officers:

No Parking Through Street 2am-7am
Parking is prohibited from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. on all through streets (major roadways) in Hamilton to allow street maintenance operations such as, but not limited to, street sweeping, flushing, snow removal and line painting. It is preferable for these operations to be conducted overnight when there is less traffic demand on the roadways. For this reason, the City of Hamilton's Public Works Department along with most North American cities prohibit overnight parking on major streets. The through street regulation is classified as a "universal regulation", and is therefore not signed on each individual street, rather it is signed at the entrance points to the city.

If you require clarification with respect to through streets please contact our office at 905-540-6000.

Please note, the Public Works Department is reviewing the through street designations for the former Flamborough and Glanbrook regions. This information will be added to the map at a later time.

The Through Streets information on the website only serves general information purposes, it may be subject to change at any time without prior notice.

12 Hour By-law
The City of Hamilton restricts any vehicle from parking for a period in excess of 12 hours on all City streets. Vehicles parking in excess of 12 hours may be issued a Parking Infraction Notice.

All major entrances to the City of Hamilton are posted with signs, advising motorists of the 12 hour parking restriction.

Within 6 metres of a Crosswalk
The City of Hamilton restricts any vehicle from parking within 6 metres of any marked or unmarked crosswalk. Vehicles parked within 6 metres increases the likelihood of collision and/or injury to vehicles or pedestrians. Safety is a priority. Vehicles parking within this parameter may be issued a Parking Infraction Notice.

Sidewalk Obstruction
Sidewalks are designated primarily for pedestrian use. The City of Hamilton restricts any vehicle from obstructing a sidewalk. Vehicles may cross over sidewalks using them as a right of way to access off street parking where a legal driveway approach is present. Vehicles obstructing sidewalks may be issued a Parking Infraction Notice.

Reserved Disabled Parking
Motorists displaying a valid Ministry of Transportation Accessible Parking Permit are authorized to park in off street parking lot spaces designated for persons holding valid Accessible Parking Permits. Vehicles must clearly display their MTO Accessible Parking Permit to be eligible to use this reserved space. Vehicles not displaying a valid MTO Permit may be issued a Parking Infraction Notice.

Residential and Commercial Driveway Approaches
The City of Hamilton restricts any vehicle from parking within 45 cm of a residential driveway approach or within 1 metre of a commercial driveway approach. Vehicles parked in violation can create visibility and access/exit difficulties to both motorists and pedestrians. Vehicles parking within these parameters may be issued a Parking Infraction Notice.

Obstructed Fire Hydrant
The City of Hamilton by-law restricts any vehicle from parking within 3 metres of a fire hydrant. In the event of a fire, vehicles parked within 3 metres of either side of a fire hydrant can create difficulties for emergency vehicle access. Vehicles parking within these parameters may be issued a Parking Infraction Notice.

Fire Access Routes
The Hamilton Fire Department may require any public or private land to be established as a fire route, to facilitate access for authorized emergency vehicles. Vehicles parking in a designated no stopping or no parking fire access route may be issued a Parking Infraction Notice.

Parking Ticket Reviews - First Attendance Facility

Hamilton’s First Attendance Facility established under Provincial legislation in 1995 has been a model for Ontario and conducts over 12,000 parking violation review interviews annually. This customer service initiative was introduced as a method of resolving parking ticket infractions without having Provincial Court trials being scheduled.

If you believe an error has been made on a Notice or Certificate of Parking Infraction, a Notice of Impending Conviction or a conviction under the Provincial Offences Act, you may request a review.

The First Attendance Facility is located in the Hamilton Municipal Parking System office at 80 Main Street West and is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The First Attendance Facility is offered as a parking by-law enforcement function and not as a judicial function.

An Enforcement Adjudicator will review your concerns and will refer to any evidence provided by the Officer who issued the ticket. If the ticket was legally issued under City of Hamilton Parking by-laws, the ticket will remain valid and the fine will remain the same.

If the matter cannot be resolved during the review, you may complete a Notice of Intention to Appear in Court to commence the trial procedures.


Contact Information:

Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
80 Main Street West
(entrance on Summers Lane)
Hamilton, Ontario
Phone: (905) 540-6000
Email: parking@hamilton.ca


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